Desert Sanctuary

The location is legendary: Abu Dhabi’s Rub’ Al Khali, which translates, hauntingly, as “the Empty Quarter,” one of the most ancient and revered cultures in the world. Amid the dusty-pink and rusty-gold dunes of the planet’s largest uninterrupted sand desert stands the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, an oasis of unparalleled palatial luxury.

This was the location for the May issue photoshoot, and it featured some of most influential fashion and lifestyle bloggers from the Middle East and beyond, all modeling looks that perfectly contrasted 21st-century modernity with a timeless Arabian backdrop. The region’s rich Bedouin tradition and sumptuous Arabian décor were evident in the myriad thoughtful details, complemented by state-of-the-art leisure and spa facilities. At the end of each hectic day of photography, this hidden gem offered, quite simply, the most relaxing sanctuary in the world.